The number of mobile subscribers grew by 2.6 percent in Qatar on a quarter-on- quarter basis in the third quarter of 2012. Qatar's total mobile subscriber base has breached the 3 million mark, leading to a mobile penetration rate of around 170 percent.
However, the potential for growth remains due to expected economic and population growth, Global Investment House's telecom report for the fourth quarter released on Monday said. Vodafone Qatar continued with the strong growth momentum, adding 57,800 subscribers in the third quarter of 2012, helped by launch of postpaid services in June 2012. The increase in Vodafone's subscriber base has also been due to strong growth in the pre-paid segment.